Natasha Yates

Assistant Professor

651-690-6056

nlyates@stkate.edu

Natasha Yates earned her B.A. at Beloit College then spent the summer conducting primate behavioral research in Panama. She soon began her teaching career in Botswana, Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching high school biology at a boarding school in a copper mining town. She later moved to the Kalahari Desert to set up a new school and teach middle school general science. Upon returning to the United States she spent a summer conducting biochemical research at 3M in St. Paul before moving to Manhattan to attend graduate school at Columbia University Teachers College. After completing her M.A. in science education she spent seven years teaching at the United Nations International School as a 5th grade teacher and a middle school science teacher. She later moved back to Minnesota to teach middle school science in public school. She later worked with K-2nd graders teaching math and language arts. She spent one year teaching at MN Southeast Technical College before joining the faculty at St. Catherine University in 2010.

Master of Arts, Science Education
Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, New York, 1989

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, 1985

2016 Winner in Creative Category: The Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing Award St. Catherine University Twelve Year Old Boys, Physics, and a Pair of Glasses

Red Wing Public Library. (2010). 2nd Place Winner: Six Word Story Competition

Writer's Digest. (2005). Honorable Mention Writer’s Digest 74th Annual Writing competition “After the Battle” memoir essay

  • EDUC 2070: Teachers as Leaders in a Changing Society
  • EDUC: 2800/5800: General Methods: Elementary
  • CHEM 1000: Chemistry of Life
  • PHYS 1200 Engineering in Your World
  • CHEM 2150: Environmental Chemistry
  • CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman (TRW)
  • BIOL 1110: Environmental Biology
  • EDUC 5993: Environmental Chemistry

Taught for the National Center for STEM Elementary Education:

  • In-service professional development
    • SySTEMic Integration for grades 1-5 in-service teachers
      St. Joseph’s School Shreveport, Louisiana – Summer 2015
    • Engineering Basic for grades 1-8 in-service teachers
      The Independence School in Newark, Delaware – Summer 2013
  • Coaching: STEM Implementation for teachers of The Independence School in Delaware
    • Grade Teams K-2; 3-4; 5th grade & middle school interdisciplinary team Oct 2013 – June 2014

Board Member, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 2013–Present

Board Member, Red Cottage Montessori, 2010–Present

Yates, N., Smith, K. & Hedenstrom, M. (2015). "Application of a Solar Balloon Activity in a Course for Pre-Service Elementary Education Teachers," Chicago, IL, DePaul University

Environmental Non-Fiction

Yates, N. (July 2008) Weed Killers. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol. 15, No. 7 p. 16.

Yates, N. (March 2008) Winter White Turns to Spring Green. The Red Wing Current: a city government report. Vol. 15, No. 1. p.12.

Yates, N. (April 2007) Global Warming and You. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol. 14, No. 4. p. 13

Yates, N. (December 2006) Eco-Friendly Holidays. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol. 13, No. 12 p. 12.

Yates, N. (August 2006) Bee Safety. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol. 13, No. 8 p. 14.

Yates, N. (June 2006) Poison Free Pest Prevention. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol. 13, No. 6. p. 14.

Yates, N. (May 2006) Toxic Free Lawn and Garden Care. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol. 13, No. 5 p. 13. & Volume 14, No. 5 May 2007 p. 13.

Yates, N. (May 2006 & May 2007) Toxic Free Spring Cleaning. The Red Wing Current: a city government report, Vol.13, No. 5 May 2006 p. 13. & Volume 14, No. 5 May 2007 p. 13.

Creative Non-Fiction

Yates, N. (July/August, 2015) Twelve Year Old Boys, Physics and a Pair of Glasses. TWINS: A Magazine for Multiples Vol. 32, No. 4 pp. 8-9 http://twins-magazine.epaperflip.com/v/TWINS-July-...

Yates, N. (Sept/Oct, 2014) Potty Training Nightmare. TWINS: A Magazine for Multiples Vol. 31, No. 4 p. 20 http://viewer.epaperflip.com/Viewer.aspx?docid=469...

Yates, N. L. (August 2005) Summer Vegetable Soup. Cooking Light Magazine Vol. 19, No. 7 p. 156

Yates, N. (2002) Tribute to a Grandfather. In God Knows Caregiving Can Pull You Apart Ed. Gretchen Thompson. Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books pp. 104-1-5

Yates, N. L. (2001) Photograph: Jessica, Jewel of July. In Windows to the Soul. Ed. Patrick King. Owings Mills, MD: International Library of Photography,

Yates, N. (1984) Photograph: Babushka Baby. In Avatar Magazine Beloit, WI

Jordan, A. & Yates, N. (2016, March) Discovery learning approach to atomic structure and the periodic table: Training current and future teachers what really matters in NGSS. In the Chemists Helping Teachers Incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into Their K-12 Classrooms Theme.

PowerPoint presentation at the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, Computers in Chemistry San Diego, CA

Yates, N. & Smith, K. (2015). "Application of a Solar Balloon Activity in a Course for Per-service Teachers." AHAC (Academic High Altitude Conference) Stratospheric Ballooning Association

Yates, N. (2015). "WATER: Using a STEM approach to teaching about this most valuable resource." NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) STEM Expo and Forum

Yates, N. & Jordan, A. (2015). "Discovering the Periodic Table." NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) STEM Expo and Forum

Yates, N. & Smith, K. (2015). "Engineering In Your World." AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) National Conference

Yates, N. (2014). "Faith the Fish: A Journey Downstream - Investigating water pollution." MISF (MN Independent Schools Forum) STEM Teacher Seminar

Yates, N. (2014). "Co-Teaching to Improve Learning in STEM in Higher Education." NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) National Conference

Yates, N. (2013). "Co-Teaching in Higher Education." AAC&U / PKAL: Transforming STEM Education : Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion and Evidence

Yates, N. (2013). "Co-Teaching in Higher Education Pt. 3: Assessment." NCSEE

Yates, N. (2013). "Inspiring STEM Elementary Teachers." NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) National Conference

Yates, N. (2013). "Co-Teaching in Higher Education Pt. 2: Instruction." NCSEE

Yates, N. (2013). "Co-Teaching in Higher Education Pt. 1 Planning." NCSEE

Samuelson, G. & Yates, N. (2012). "A STEM Minor: Case Study of a Successful Collaborative Between STEM and Education Faculty." AAC& U & PKAL Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire.

Yates, N. (2012). "A Jigsaw Approach to Discovering Plate Tectonics." MISF (Minnesota Independent Schools Forum) STEM Seminar

Yates, N. (2011). "The Nature of Science." MNSAA (Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association)

Yates, N. (2011). "Hawks and Mice: Natural Selection in Action." MISF (Minnesota Independent Schools Forum) STEM Seminar

Yates, N. (2010). "Poem: Twelve Weeks too Soon and Memoir: After the Battle." SCU Writing Panel Scholar's Circle